Residents give views on crime

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Nearly 1,000 residents across South Holland, Boston Borough, and East Lindsey have given their views on crime and community safety to help shape the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership’s priorities for 2015.

In South Holland, over a quarter of residents are most worried about being a victim of anti-social behaviour, closely followed by burglary.

Councillor Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “It’s important we ask our community for their views on issues affecting their safety.

“This survey gives us the opportunity to ensure we are addressing our community’s needs.”

The East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership is a statutory body comprising district (South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey) and county councils, Police, Fire & Rescue, Probation and Health.

The partnership values the views of local residents and considers these carefully alongside crime data to decide the priorities for the coming year.

In the latest round of responses, young people were keen to share their views with nearly half the respondents aged between 16 and 24. One resident even won themselves £30 in high street vouchers.

The partnership is required to undertake an annual review of crime and community safety issues.

It will produce a plan to outline how it will tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to make people feel safer.

The priorities will be agreed at a meeting of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership later this month.

The current priorities are anti-social behaviour (ASB), violent crime (including domestic abuse), community cohesion, alcohol misuse and shop thefts.